Black

India Today - - LEISURE -

Closer home, magic takes prece­dence over mem­oir in au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ti­tles by artists such as Bha­jju Shyam and Teju Be­han, who draw from folk tra­di­tions. In Black: An Artist’s Tribute, Mithila artist San­tosh Ku­mar Das de­scribes paint­ing im­ages of Kr­ishna in his child­hood; pages later, the artist him­self is seen on a pea­cock, hold­ing up a gi­ant pen like some divine em­blem. In a fi­nal word on the sub­ject, Das writes that the artist’s real world is a pot of black ink, the artist him­self noth­ing more than ‘a cre­ation of the mys­ter­ies of ink’.

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